RIGA - Latvian basketball center Andris Biedrins has been included on the list of ‘Highest paid bench warmers’ by the influential U.S. business magazine Forbes, reports LETA.
“We all know that in the world of big-time sports, a big contract signed by a player at his peak doesn’t always pay off for his team down the road. Sometimes it is age, sometimes it is injury, sometimes it is just a basic failure to consistently replicate your best seasons. The bulk of the 2013 list hails from the NBA, where scorers have long been overvalued under a salary cap system that spreads a big chunk of payroll to a few players,” the magazine writes.
Last season, the 27-year-old Latvian center played in 53 NBA games for the Golden State Warriors, averaging 0.5 points, 2.9 rebounds per game, and shooting a pathetic 30.8 percent from the free-throw line.
In 2008, Biedrins signed a six-year $54 million deal with the Warriors, and used his player option to remain with the team next season, where he will be paid $11 million.